Abertay University

Introduction

As a university we are immensely proud of our academic achievements but there is a great deal more to us. We are a modern new university, one with a long history and have quickly become one of Scotland's leading universities, highly ranked for our academic performance and with a talented group of students and academics who make us the success we are.

We place teaching and student support at the heart of the University, and provide a network of Support services to help you with all aspects of your life whilst you're at Abertay. In fact there are many good reasons to choose Abertay.

Abertay University has some of the most innovative and well-designed buildings in the UK and our library and Student Centre have set the standard for universities across the UK. The facilities available across our campus are excellent and we pride ourselves that we are ranked very highly in the UK for our investment in IT. But it's not all work and no play: Dundee has some outstanding student entertainment and sport plays an important part in university life, as our sporting achievements demonstrate.


Being a student at Abertay is a rewarding experience. Our halls of residence are of the highest quality and a place in university accommodationis given to all first year students who register by the deadline. We have some fantastic new accommodation that has been purpose built and is just five minutes' walk from the University. With a variety of flat sizes and bedroom styles, this residence will be a popular option for all students.

We welcome students coming from college. Many of our students join us through this route and go on to achieve great success in their studies and careers. You can expect to see many international students in the city too. Over 17% of our students are from countries outside of Europe, including India, China, Malaysia, Thailand and Pakistan.

Dundee is an outstanding place to live and study and offers an affordable lifestyle. Not only are we in a beautiful part of the world, but we are also Scotland's sunniest city. We hope that you will join us at a university which, founded on a long history, is committed to providing an education for the future.

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Masters by Research degrees

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Dundee

This is a one year (three semesters) research programme, which will be supervised by one or more of our faculty members. [+]

Masters by Research degrees

 

This is a one year (three semesters) research programme, which will be supervised by one or more of our faculty members. Successful graduates will be awarded a masters degree with one of the following titles depending on the subject area of research.

Master of Science by Research (main subject name) (MSc) Master of Arts by Research (main subject name) (MA) Master of Technology by Research (main subject name) (MTECH) Master of Laws by Research (main subject name) LLM

Masters by Research degrees are available in a wide range of topics across each of the five faculties (Schools) of the University.

 

 

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MSc Food & Drink Innovation

Campus Full time 12 months August 2016 United Kingdom Dundee

The MSc Food & Drink Innovation offers a unique postgraduate experience, specifically designed in discussion with industry bodies (Scotland Food & Drink, Skills Development Scotland, Interface Food... [+]

MSc Food & Drink Innovation Scottish Funding Council fee-funded places are available for eligible students and will be awarded on a competitive basis upon application. Apply your own specialist capability and develop new sector specific expertise through specialist education and collaborative mixed-team working on industry-linked innovation projects Learn about industry expectations as you are supported and mentored by experienced industry professionals and academic specialists Follow a curriculum designed in collaboration with Scotland Food & Drink, Skills Development Scotland and Interface Food & Drink to meet the demands of the Food & Drink sector Get involved with our highly successful commercial arm Food Innovation @ Abertay and with interdisciplinary researchers from across the University The MProf Food & Drink Innovation (Packaging & Sustainability) offers a unique postgraduate experience, specifically designed in discussion with industry bodies (Scotland Food & Drink, Skills Development Scotland, Interface Food & Drink). As postgraduate students, highly talented individuals will work in mixed-discipline teams to develop innovative food and drink packaging and sustainable solutions. Working closely with academic staff who are highly experienced in the food & drink industry and academic teaching, and under the guidance and mentorship of food & drink industry representatives, you will develop professional skills and knowledge relevant to the food & drink industry. During the course of your studies, you will ultimately be expected to demonstrate applied excellence in your specialist area, as well as professionalism, flexibility, the ability to adapt in team working situations, and creativity and innovation towards product development. This intensive programme will expose you to a breadth of practice encountered in the food & drink industry, ideally preparing you for an exciting and creative career in a vibrant and expanding sector. What you study A key component of the MProf Food & Drink Innovation (Packaging & Sustainability) is to foster creativity through enquiry-based learning, where mixed-discipline teams of students will develop solutions to industry-posed problems. Industry-linked innovation projects will be developed by multidisciplinary teams of students, mentored and supported by experienced industry practitioners and academic researchers, and underpinned by high-level sector specific modules and education. With activities ranging from pitch and crit sessions, where solution conceptions are pitched to a panel for critique, to the development of protyped solutions, teams are mentored and supervised by academics and industry practitioners to facilitate the development of specific professional skills and a broader understanding of the Food & Drink industry. During the course, students will also undertake studies in areas such as sustainable project management, industry landscape and professional practice, packaging and sustainability, and innovation and professional development. Students also select optional modules from across the University, allowing further development of their core skills if required, but more specifically allowing for a more individual and tailored learning experience through the additional study of areas of personal interest such as marketing, business, and food safety. Entry routes Applicants must hold an honours degree at 2.2 (lower second class) or better in a suitable subject such as biosciences, chemistry, science, product design, engineering, food, nutrition or consumer science degree, computing, marketing, or business. The University is committed to a wider access policy and accepts applications from candidates with recent relevant academic, professional or employment experience who can show that they would benefit from study at masters level. These will be considered on an individual basis. We welcome applicants in employment and from the Food & Drink industry itself for FT and PT study, for those who may seek an accelerated route to a postgraduate qualification. Overseas/EU All applicants are required to provide certified proof of competence in English Language. [-]

Professional Masters in Games Development

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Dundee

As postgraduate students, highly-talented individuals work within games development teams towards the production of innovative computer games solutions. Working closely with a team of full-time staff who are highly-experienced in... [+]

Professional Masters in Games Development

Why choose this course?

Develop core development skills through applied project work, supported by experienced industry practitioners Enhance skills in interdisciplinary communication and collaboration through teamwork with students and practitioners from other areas of games development Apply developing technologies and practices to your own projects, and demonstrate your work to leading industry figures Nurture relationships with fellow developers, industry professionals and companies through your demonstrable skill in the creation of games, industrial mentorships and published research.

The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education at Abertay University offers a unique postgraduate experience, specifically designed in discussion with game industry partners, and identified by one leading CEO as, ‘The course the Games Industry has been waiting for!’. As postgraduate students, highly-talented individuals work within games development teams towards the production of innovative computer games solutions. Working closely with a team of full-time staff who are highly-experienced in both the games industry and in academic teaching, and under the guidance and mentorship of computer games industry representatives, you will develop professional skills and knowledge relevant to identified development roles within the industry. During the course of your studies, you will ultimately be expected to demonstrate applied excellence in your specialist area, as well as professionalism, flexibility, the ability to adapt in team working situations, and creativity and innovation towards product development. What you study The goal of the MProf in Games Development is to turn graduates into professional developers by placing them into development teams, with industry-relevant project goals and deliverables. The teams enjoy a high level of independence in how they meet the game design briefs and approach the development process. Supervision, mentorship and academic support look to emphasise the consequences of their decisions and processes, allowing the students to experience an organic and logical development and evolution of best practices. In addition, students develop their awareness in areas of potential innovation and research, and are encouraged to publish their work. The remaining core elements of the course seek to separate the myths from the realities of working in the games industry, and expand students’ awareness of design considerations with regards to the comparative importance and impact of narrative and gameplay theories. Uniquely, students select optional modules from across the entire university, allowing further development of their core skills if required, but more specifically allowing for a more individual and tailored learning experience through the additional study of areas of personal interest such as business, marketing, psychology and perception. Open, flexible working spaces We have developed a unique concept of learning environment and creative incubator, encompassing ways of teaching that focus on building general skills alongside the subject-specific knowledge to support your career and life objectives. It is designed to give you the edge in the global knowledge economy when you graduate. This White Space environment is a thriving hub of activity, mixing the talents of undergraduates, postgraduates, lecturers, business people, artists and broadcasters, surrounding our students with the buzz of a real working environment, allowing them to share real-world knowledge and experience. How you learn and are assessed Assessment methods throughout the core modules focus on formative (constant) assessment through regular meetings and discussion sessions, rather than exams. This is to allow students to improve in confidence, communication skills and core discipline skills as they progress, allowing them to try new working practices and approaches as and when they may be required. An emphasis is placed on effective participation as a team player and in correctly identifying and prioritising a project’s key requirements and challenges. Entry routes Applicants must have a minimum of upper Second class (2:1) Honours degree that demonstrates expertise in one the following areas: Computer Games Technology, Computer Science, Computer Games Design, Games Production, Computer Animation, 3D Modelling, Audio Production. Overseas/EU All applicants are required to provide certified proof of competence in English Language.... [-]


MSc

MSc/PGDip Counselling

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Dundee + 1 more

This course provides an opportunity to participate in high-quality innovative training in a pluralistic approach to counselling, which encompasses... [+]

MSc/PGDip Counselling

 

Why choose this course?

Train with one of the leading providers of counselling training in Scotland at a centre of excellence in terms of innovative developments in research and practice, both nationally and internationally Practitioner training that prepares graduates to work in a variety of settings, such as primary care, as professional counsellors Preparation to work with individual adult clients using an integrative approach, referred to as a Collaborative Pluralistic Framework for practice Potential to progress to PhD

This course provides an opportunity to participate in high-quality innovative training in a pluralistic approach to counselling, which encompasses concepts and methods from constructionist, narrative and common factors theory and practice.  You will be part of a supportive learning community in which you are encouraged to engage with the significant challenges involved in therapeutic work with individuals whose lives have been visited by fear, hopelessness and meaninglessness.Those exiting the course after successful completion of the taught component (i.e. Postgraduate Diploma) would be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) Counselling.... [-]


MSc/PGDip Energy, Water & Environmental Management

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Dundee

The course is designed and delivered by a team consisting of industrial practitioners and leading academics drawn from the School of Engineering, Science & Technology and the Dundee Business School. The course delivery team is... [+]

MSc/PGDip Energy, Water & Environmental Management Why choose this course? Learn the technical and management skills required to identify and manage opportunities in the energy and water sector in the sustainable global environment. Acquire the tools required to synthesise strategies/ solutions to environmental problems. Acquire the knowledge and skills for a technical and managerial career in energy, water and environmental management sectors. Develop a critical understanding of the complex environment and ability to integrate various multi-disciplinary components to reach conclusions in holistic problems of sustainable energy generation and utilisation and water cycle management. The course is designed and delivered by a team consisting of industrial practitioners and leading academics drawn from the School of Engineering, Science & Technology and the Dundee Business School. The course delivery team is actively engaged in research and consultancy activities, through the Urban Water Technology Centre (UWTC). The Centre benefits from close links with the research groups the Scottish Informatics, Mathematics, Biology and Statistics Centre (SIMBIOS), and Abertay Centre for the Environment (ACE) who have been awarded the highest research rating in Environmental Science of any modern university within Scotland. Emphasis is given to the practical application within industry and commerce, in addition to the appropriate theoretical rigour. The programme is an integration of scientific, technical, managerial and entrepreneurial concepts in the management of the environment, focusing on energy requirement, production and utilisation. Students are thus equipped with the knowledge on how to harness and exploit energy resources efficiently whilst ensuring sustainability and environmental protection. The programme also offers students diverse and applied knowledge in environmental technology, business and management, thereby producing graduates with the ability to develop and/or manage effectively environmental strategies on a local and global scale. How you learn An integrated programme of lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical assignments, case studies and fieldwork are used to enhance your knowledge and understanding. Throughout the course emphasis is placed on participation, and self-directed study. The project phase of the course is designed to allow you to apply your studies within a chosen speciality. How you are assessed Assessments include a mixture of written coursework based on active case studies, presentations to demonstrate your knowledge, and exams. Students working towards the MSc qualification will also complete a dissertation. By working within project groups and by yourself, you will improve your communication, project planning and teamwork skills, which are very important skills for any career. The MSc dissertation allows you to develop a specialist area of expertise. Entry routes A good Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate science or engineering discipline, or social sciences. Candidates with alternative qualifications and/or work experience will also be considered on an individual basis. Overseas/EU All applicants are required to provide certified proof of competence in English Language. [-]

MSc/PGDip Ethical Hacking & Computer Security

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Dundee + 1 more

From forensic computing to network security, the course covers a wide range of subjects. Within these, you will learn about web hacking, password cracking, malware analysis, port scanning, buffer overflows and much more. You also... [+]

MSc/PGDip Ethical Hacking & Computer Security Why choose this course? Provides the core skills to allow you to take positions in a variety of companies where computer security is a major issue Graduates will be at the forefront of new developments in security Benefit from an active teaching group with a growing reputation based on industry links and Knowledge Transfer projects Delivered in a project based, entrepreneurial and enterprise culture Abertay is the only university in the UK that offers a Master's programme in Ethical Hacking and our students are passionate about their subject area and developing their knowledge. Ethical Hacking is the process of evaluating the security of a computer system by simulating an attack by a malicious hacker. The course is designed to teach students how to think like a hacker, providing them with a deep understanding of security issues and concerns. We aim to change the way you think! We encourage lively debates about pertinent ethical and security issues. Students develop the hacker mindset, determined to ‘do their bit’ to improve security in the world of Computing. What you study From forensic computing to network security, the course covers a wide range of subjects. Within these, you will learn about web hacking, password cracking, malware analysis, port scanning, buffer overflows and much more. You also learn how to report security problems and to make sure you are working within the law! Students also conduct projects with biometric systems and discuss ethics of recent hacking cases that have been reported in the media. How you learn Teaching is focused on lectures and practical sessions in dedicated classrooms. Lectures are used to present the key concepts while practicals increase your understanding of the subject and allow you to develop your competence in technological and theoretical work. The course is taught using a problem-based learning approach. You will spend about 12 hours per week attending classes and about 30 hours a week of private study. How you are assessed The taught course will be assessed using a combination of written coursework, presentations and seminars with a written dissertation at MSc level. Entry routes Applicants should have a minimum of a lower second-class (2:2) Honours degree in the field of Computing. The course is designed for students whose degree comprises a significant component of software development or networking. Applicants who do not cover the appropriate subjects during their degree will be considered if they have relevant industry experience. This would normally be a minimum of two years experience of working in the area of software development or networking in either a promoted post or with a significant level of responsibility. Criminal record check required Overseas/EU All applicants are required to provide certified proof of competence in English Language. Course content Biometrics and Identity Computer Security Digital Forensics Ethical Hacking Group Project Informatics Masters Project in MSc Ethical Hacking Penetration Testing Research Methods and Proposal Professional accreditation The course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, as meeting the educational requirement for CITP Further Learning and partially meeting the educational requirement for CEng/CSci registration. [-]

MSc/PGDip International Finance and Accounting

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Dundee + 1 more

Our MSc International Finance and Accounting is specially designed to enable you to establish a professional career in the financial sector – the main engine of growth in modern, open market-based economies. [+]

Well-qualified professionals in the financial sector can expect to spend a significant part of their career in an international setting, and our MSc is designed with this in mind. During your studies you’ll find yourself in a cosmopolitan environment, where you’ll learn to develop a critical understanding of the principles, theories, concepts, contexts, approaches and challenges central to international finance, accounting and economics in the global economy. As well as developing skills in the use of tools, techniques, and research methods, you’ll become familiar with ethical and professional standards in finance and accounting, in an international setting, and will be supported to acquire ethical awareness and sound judgment in interpreting complex features of institutions in the global economic system (e.g. accounting information reported by international companies). You’ll develop these abilities in an interactive learning environment, working on the real business, accounting and financial problems that managers encounter in international settings. You can work first as an executive in simulated businesses, and then carry forward this training to help you engage with local business and professional bodies, improving your awareness of contemporary management practices in firms that have global operations. Our Global Growth Week is a high spot of the programme and brings into DBS senior personnel from local companies with global reach such as Michelin, NCR and Heineken, who will freely interact with students. Professional accreditations are currently being finalised and subject to confirmation, depending on your interests, our programme can be tailored to offer professional accreditations from CFA, CIMA, ACCA at various levels [-]

MSc/PGDip International Human Resource Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Dundee + 1 more

This course offers you an opportunity to study and be able to implement HRM policies and practices that take into account influences from different stakeholders and institutional forces relevant to dealing with people’s contributions and rewards within organisations in a global context. [+]

Led by Professor Mohamed Branine, an eminent academic authority in the field of International HRM, this CIPD-accredited programme is focused on contemporary practice ensuring you’ll develop the knowledge, understanding and skills you’ll need to deal effectively, systematically and creatively with the issues and problems of people management that organisations face. Covering a wide range of HRM strategies, policies and procedures that organisations need to manage their employees in a global context, you’ll also develop an understanding of the differences between HRM practices and employment systems of varying countries and multinational companies, and how they are influenced by economic, political and social factors. Throughout the programme, you’ll benefit from exposure to industry through live business simulations, working on real-life problems set by Abertay University’s business partners. You’ll take part in workshops and activities, and share experiences with peers from different countries and organisations, to broaden your knowledge and develop your professional and strategic thinking skills. Our approach to teaching and learning means you’ll have the opportunity to gain a degree and a portfolio of professional practice skills and experience to present to future employers. [-]

MSc/PGDip International Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Dundee + 1 more

This programme is designed for well-qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and experience, who relish a practice-based learning experience. Its core is practitioner-oriented workshops, shared with a cosmopolitan student cohort aiming to develop careers in the global economy. [+]

Whether you want to diversify your career options, add a new dimension to your existing management skills, or step up to a managerial role in an international setting, then our flexible MSc International Management will be of interest to you. The principal themes are: how international markets work; managerial tools and techniques for an international setting; and international strategic management for coping with change and complexity. The programme ethos emphasises student engagement, and the development of analytical skills and creative thinking to solve the complex problems that arise in international businesses of diverse organizational forms. The programme does not require a management background. If you’ve a strong background from the sciences, arts and all professions (eg law, engineering, medicine, architecture), then the programme will provide you with the opportunity to broaden your career options. If you already have a background in an area such as management, business, commerce, finance, accounting, economics, then the strong international focus of the programme will add a new dimension to your existing skills and capabilities. Finally, if you have already developed your career but wish to step-up to a new managerial role in an international setting, then this programme will improve your future job market opportunities by enhancing your professional cv. [-]

MSc/PGDip Oil and Gas Accounting and Management

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months August 2016 United Kingdom Dundee + 1 more

This course will enable you to develop not only skills in strategy management and business, but also a sound knowledge of petroleum and energy management and an appreciation of its significance in social, political, economic, cultural and... [+]

MSc/PGDip Oil and Gas Accounting and Management

Why choose this course?

Develop the specialist sectoral skills required by graduates from a wide range of backgrounds who wish to develop careers in the Oil & Gas and Energy sectors Prepare participants for managerial, advisory and academic positions in the energy sector – private sector and government Provide an intellectually challenging academic programme of study, which will demand of the student the ability to analyse, synthesise and assess key theoretical concepts and practical applications in energy with an emphasis on the business and management dimensions of the subject Prepare participants for success in the rapidly evolving and highly competitive global business climate that characterises the energy sector ... [-]

MSc/PGDip Psychology

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Dundee

The MSc Psychology is designed to introduce graduates of other disciplines to the fascinating field of psychology. Students will be provided with the opportunity to study those topics which will confer eligibility for Graduate... [+]

MSc/PGDip Psychology Why choose this course? Applied emphasis, focusing on a variety of areas where knowledge of psychological theory and findings are a distinct advantage Flexibility in the second semester for students to choose modules that best fit with their individual interests and career aspirations Opportunity to be taught by, and work closely with, active researchers. Access to our psychology research laboratories and teaching labs, described as ‘exemplary’ in our most recent independent subject review Professionally accredited by the British Psychological Society, conferring eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) The MSc Psychology is designed to introduce graduates of other disciplines to the fascinating field of psychology. Students will be provided with the opportunity to study those topics which will confer eligibility for Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) as long as a minimum level of performance is achieved. Psychology is a rewarding and valuable area of study. As a student of psychology one gains a scientific understanding of mind, brain, behaviour, experience, and of the complex interactions between these. The programme provides training in the scientific method and the history and philosophy of science to students. Psychology applies a rigorous scientific methodology to biological, linguistic, philosophical, socio-cultural, and anthropological topics. It is thus an inherently multidisciplinary subject. What you study Psychology is the scientific study of the mind, brain, and behaviour. Psychology can be applied to a variety of real-life settings and is important to many careers and occupations. Semester 1 (September - December) introduces you to the six core areas of psychology: cognitive, social, biological, developmental, individual differences, and conceptual issues, which are especially beneficial for those students who did not study Psychology in their undergraduate degree. Semester 2 (January - May) concentrates on the way psychology is applied in real-world settings and different occupations. You may choose to study how witnesses of crime are interviewed (Investigative Psychology module), the role motivation plays in the sporting arena (Sport Psychology module), or the usefulness of psychometric testing in the workplace (Testing in the Workplace module), to name just a few of the possibilities. The core Research Methods module is studied in both semesters and introduces you to quantitative and qualitative methods. These analytical techniques provide you with the necessary skills to undertake your Master's project in the summer months (June - August). Those exiting the course after successful completion of the taught component (i.e. Postgraduate Diploma) would be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) Psychology. How you learn and are assessed An integrated programme of lectures, seminars, group discussion and lab work, is used to enhance your understanding of the core areas of psychology. You will analyse how this knowledge is applied in real world settings and in a variety of occupations. Web-based learning provides a virtual learning environment that allows you to access teaching and library materials and to interact with staff and fellow students. A combination of written submissions, presentations, laboratory reports and formal examinations are used throughout the course. The research project is written in the style of a scientific research article. Entry routes Applicants should hold at least a lower second class Honours degree or equivalent in any science, social science, or humanities subject. Overseas/EU All applicants are required to provide certified proof of competence in English Language. Course content Core: Biological Psychology Core: Cognitive Psychology Core: Individual Differences Core: Social Psychology Developmental Psychology Psychology Masters Project Research Methods Advanced Biological Psychology: The Science of Attraction Advanced Forensic Psychology Advanced Topics in Psychology Evidence Based Investigative Interviewing [-]